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October 18, 2019

Costume from 'The Handmaid's Tale' on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

'Designs for Different Futures' is a new, major exhibition

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Designs for Different Futures at Philadelphia Museum of Art Courtesy of/MGM Television

Installation view of 'Designs for Different Futures' featuring a costume from the TV series 'The Handmaid's Tale' created by Ane Crabtree.

A major exhibition, "Designs for Different Futures," is opening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Tuesday, Oct. 22. It will explore how designers today are shaping the future.

"We often think of art museums as places that foster a dialogue between the past and the present, but they also can and should be places that inspire us to think about the future," Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener director and chief executive officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, stated.

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The exhibition is divided into 11 sections: Resources, Generations, Earths, Bodies, Intimacies, Foods, Jobs, Cities, Materials, Power and Data.

Visitors can view a costume from the series "The Handmaid’s Tale," recyclable and re-healable electronic skin, lab-grown food, the AI hologram from "Blade Runner 2049," typography from "Arrival," makeup from Rihanna's Fenty Beauty line and so much more.

The short video below explains some of the questions (some controversies) that the exhibit raises.

"Designs for Different Futures" will be on display through early-March 2020.

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, Emmy-nominated designer Ane Crabtree will visit the museum with imagery from "The Handmaid's Tale" to share insights on making costumes for a dystopia.

"Designs for Different Futures"

Tuesday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, March 8, 2020
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

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